All you need to know before visiting Belize

Budget

Prices in Belize are generally reasonable. However, they can get surprisingly high in tourist areas.

• Prices for private rooms for two start at 30 USD (25,5 EUR) in Belize City, 35 USD (30 EUR) in San Pedro, and 18 USD (15 EUR) in Placencia.

Food is not too pricey. A budget dinner costs around 10 USD (8.5 EUR), street food prices range from 3 to 6 USD (2.5 to 5 EUR).

• Public transportation prices are affordable. A one-way water taxi ride (1h 15min) from Belize City to San Pedro costs 17 USD (14.5 EUR), a bus ride from Belize City to Dangriga (3.5h) costs 15 BZD (7.5 USD/6.4 EUR) and a bus ride from Dangriga to Placencia (1.5h) costs 5 BZD (2.5 USD/2 EUR). Car rentals are very expensive.

To save some more money, check out our Budget cutting tips.

Placencia Belize

Where to stay

You can find great accommodation options on Booking. Make sure to search for private rooms popular for romance. 😉 On Airbnb you can rent furnished apartments – those are usually cheaper than most hotels and they offer you the real Belizean experience.

Best time to go

The best time to visit Belize is during the country’s dry season – from late November to mid-April, when the weather is nice and the attractions are open. In April and May, the humidity can get very high and during the rainy season (from June to mid-November) expect showers and major attractions to be closed.

Belize starfish

Other information

Planning and preparation: check out our planning routine here.

Packing: check out the honeymoon adventurers’ ultimate packing list here.

♦ For other travel tips check out Travel like a pro, Travel for couples, Honeymoon styles, Honeymoon activitiesResponsible tourism, and Travel resources.

Language: The official language in Belize is English. Check out the typical travel vocabulary here.

Currency: Belize Dollar (BZD)

♦ Visa or other entry requirements: All visitors to Belize are required to have a valid travel document. Citizens of most countries can travel to Belize without a visa. Check out the list of visa-free countries at their official website. If your country is not listed, you need to apply for a visa.

♦ Electricity standards: The power plug types in Belize are A, B, and G, the standard voltage is 110 V and 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

♦ Time zone: UTC-06:00

Belize flora

Immunization recommendations and requirements: There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Belize. However, it is recommended to get travel vaccines and medicines for tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid, hepatitis A, rabies, and malaria. To prevent malaria avoid mosquito bites. There is no risk of yellow fever in Belize. The government of Belize requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. Currently, Zika virus is a risk in Belize.

Health and safety tips:

You should always make sure to follow the usual travel safety precautions:

  • Leave your jewelry and other valuable belongings in the hotel safe.
  • Keep your emergency cash apart from the rest of your money.
  • Dress comfortably and carry only the items you will need for the day.
  • Don’t carry a lot of money.
  • Always make sure to lock your room before leaving the hotel.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Try to maintain a low profile and do your best to fit in.
  • Carry a travel wallet/money belt/money pouch for carrying money and documents safely.
  • Avoid contact with potential scam artists.
  • Avoid showing off valuable belongings (like cameras) in public.
  • Don’t count your money in public.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings at all times.

For common health concerns check out Lonely Planet’s health tips.

To stay healthy while traveling, check out our health travel tips.

Belize jungle

Tap water quality in Belize is questionable. Drink bottled or filtered water instead. 
* Always make sure to reuse a water bottle to cut down on waste.

• Belize is relatively close to the equator and the sun is very strong. Therefore, always make sure to use sunscreen.

Local Customs: Belizeans are generally very friendly and welcoming, but also quite conservative. Solo female travelers tend to get a lot of male attention. There is no particular dress code required on the streets of Belize. Avoid wearing a bikini elsewhere than on the beach. Revealing clothes are frowned upon. Public displays of affection (especially among homosexuals) may also be frowned upon. Bargaining is only acceptable at street markets. Tips are expected in restaurants and taxis.

Check out top things to see and do in Belize, as well as top romantic experiences and adventures here.

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